The Vuelta a Espana hit the Hors Categorie peaks and delivered a sizzling stage 9. Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Victorious) reminded cycling fans that his Giro exploits were NO FLUKE. The Italian escaped from the break-of-the-day with 71km to go and carried on to claim stage victory and the blue polkas. Behind him the GC was shaken all about in the fierce heat of battle on the final climb. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) zoomed away with Movistar’s Enric Mas, then nipped around him in the closing metres to grab second on the stage and increase his GC lead by 3 seconds. Mas and his teammate Miguel Angel Lopez now sit 2nd and 3rd respectively. Oh La Vuelta IS ON! Continue reading
It was Ardennes week – with a LouLou-lovin’ Fleche Wallonne on Wednesday and a first Monument for Pogs. We also have Spot the Difference with the Yates Brothers, cocky kids doing stuff in races, a Wanty Wunderkind, and Marcel Kittel living his best life
It’s ironic that one of the fastest stages of this year’s 2020 Tour de France was also one that just kept building an almost slow-motion intensity on every kilometre of every climb, and all the way to the finish line. File under Heartbreak of the Solo Break, when Marc Hirschi (Sunweb) spent 90km out in front by himself, only to be reeled in 1.6km from the finish by a group that included Tadej Pogacar (UAE) and Jumbo-Visma’s Primoz Roglic. In the end, Hirschi once again lost the sprint (just like in stage 2 to Alaphilippe), with Pogacar winning and Roglic in second to take the yellow jersey from a distanced Adam Yates.